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I paraphrased the blessing below from the book of Ephesians, chapters 1, 2, and 3. I shared this in our gathering yesterday morning.
This blessing is spoken in first-person from our Heavenly Father, so I invite you to close your eyes and picture yourself sitting next to Him, and hear Him speak this to you:
Eph. 1:4-14 I chose you before the creation of the world, and I see you as holy and blameless in my sight. I delight in you! I love you so much and adopted you into my family through the blood of Jesus. I enjoy lavishing my love on you and giving you my constant presence through the Holy Spirit. I am so excited about you being part of my amazing plan and shining my glory!
1:17-19 I am pouring out my Spirit on you so that we can be together all the time, and you will know me better and better. I am opening the eyes of your heart to see the hope to which I have called you, the riches of my glorious inheritance in my holy people, and my incomparably great power for you who believe.
2:1-10 You were spiritually dead and separated from me because of your sins, but I love you so much, so I showed mercy and grace. I gave you spiritual life with Jesus, and I gave you a place of honor with him in Heaven so that I can show off my riches of grace and kindness that are beyond compare. I have given you a gift of forgiveness and salvation. You are my handiwork, my masterpiece, created to be part of the Body of Christ, the Church, to do good things, things that I have planned specifically for you to join me in doing.
3:12, 16-19 Because of Jesus, you can be with me and talk with me all of the time. And out of my glorious, unending riches, I am strengthening you with power through my Holy Spirit dwelling in your spirit, and Jesus dwelling in your heart through your faith. And you, being embedded in my love, will continually be blown away by the incredible magnitude of Jesus' love for you. Enjoy being filled with my love, overflowing with the fullness of all of my presence - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.